THE OPEN HOUSE

Understanding Cohort Analyses: both subscription and eCommerce businesses

After working with a couple of our portfolio companies on cohort analyses, I eventually put together a cohort analysis template. In the spirit of open sourcing and (hopefully) helping out some founders, I’m posting it here with an explanation and a how-to guide for better understanding the fundamentals of a cohort analysis. Before we begin, […] Read more

Why We Invested in LoftSmart

Today we’re thrilled to announce our investment in LoftSmart. LoftSmartis the first transactional marketplace for off-campus student housing. Students can seamlessly discover, compare, collaborate (with each other and their parents), and sign rental leases all on the same platform. As co-founders Sam Bernstein and Sundeep Kumar eloquently put it, “Our mission is simple: A perfect place for […] Read more

Fun with Numbers: Fund Level vs. Deal by Deal Carry

There’s been chatter over the years about Fund economics — specifially whether carry should be calculated on a fund level, or on a deal by deal basis. With the rise of Syndicates and SPVs (and the rise of Angelist as a platform for both), I believe it merits revisiting. My major concern is that all players involved (syndicate […] Read more

The Future of Living of Living Part 3: Short-Term and Vacation Rental Market Map

For Part 3 of the Future of Living Series, some VC peers and I decided to dive into the $550B+ vacation and short term rental market. From traditional disruption to companies using AirBnB as a platform for launching their own new businesses, we identified over 60 companies looking to have an impact on the Future of […] Read more

Sep, 08, 2016

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The Future of Living, Part 1: A VC’s WeLive Experience

Over the past few months, the concept of Co-Living has started to hit mainstream media, and the conversation around what some are calling a “modern day commune,” has drummed up both critics and fans. While thinking about the over 80M millennials living in the U.S. and the “millennial mindset” (which data shows prioritizes access over […] Read more

Sep, 08, 2016

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A Consumer’s Perspective on the Future of DFS

Given the recent legalization in NY, and that NFL opening kickoff is just 15 days away, I’ve been thinking a lot about the current and future state of DFS. I am not an investor in either of the well-known unicorns, and I’m ignoring legal issues, so most of my perspective is that from an avid consumer. […] Read more

A Year-In-Review: Reflections and Lessons-Learned as a New VC

It feels like I wrote my six-month review blogpost yesterday. It also feels like I just joined Corigin last week. But alas, it’s been a year. In the spirit of transparency, much as I did with my six-month review, I’ve spent some time thinking about some of my takeaways from this past year, and published […] Read more

11 Steps to an Efficient Fundraise

We often work with first-time entrepreneurs here at Corigin Ventures. They bring a certain hunger and a unique perspective, and their ignorance to the difficult road ahead can be a weapon. But with that comes inexperience – not just in building a business (which is hard enough), but in navigating the process of fundraising. They’ve […] Read more

How I Went from Being a Numbers-Hating Banker to a Numbers-Loving VC

Anyone familiar with banking probably knows this stereotype: the guy or gal fresh from undergrad who loves to “crush” models. They get excited when they tell you about “that time they built a model from Book1.xls” and they use the word “haircut” frequently. As in “I think our downside case simply involves taking a moderate […] Read more

Timing is Everything: 5 Reasons Why Waiting To Raise Your Seed Round Will Pay Off

In this day and age, up-and-coming entrepreneurs can get caught up in the glorification of startups. Too often, first time founders are glued in front of their screens reading TechCrunch and Term Sheet, to learn about the latest funding round announcements. Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that the work for that funding round happened […] Read more

Jun, 01, 2016

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